We have been reflecting a lot on the recent fires and where we go from here.... more to come but found this link that is very helpful from our Heroes at CalFire.

 

http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Fire-Safe-Landscaping/

 

We developed these two sets of plans - please use them on your site or call us to help you adapt them to your specific site.  The larger scale garden plan is representative of a fire safe garden for a lot sizes around 3000 SF and larger. The second set of planting and irrigation plans are for a typical urban size lot.

 

Some important elements to consider no matter the size of lot:

  1. Keep a defensible space around residence
  2. Mass plants and have space between them for a fire break
  3. Use California native plants - they are drought adapted and use less water to hydrate.
  4. The key to a fire safe landscape is hydrated plants and proper maintenance.

Large Lot: FIRE SAFER LANDSCAPE EXAMPLE

Typical Urban Lot FIRE SAFER LANDSCAPE PLANTING PLAN

Typical Urban Lot FIRE SAFER LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION PLAN

 

FIRE SAFER PLANT LIST - DEVELOPED BY OUR LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY:

ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM (YARROW)

ADIANTUM ALEUTICUM (FIVE FINGER FERN)

AQUILEGIA FORMOSA (COLUMBINE)

ARCTOSTAPHYLOS UVA-URSI (GROUNDCOVER MANZANITA)

ARISTOLOCHIA CALIFORNICA (PIPEVINE)

CALYCANTHUS OCCIDENTALIS (SPICE BUSH)

CEANOTHUS SP. (CALIFORNIA LILAC)

CLINOPODIUM DOUGLASII (YERBA BUENA)

DICENTRA FORMOSA (BLEEDING HEART)

DUDLEYA BRITTONII (BLEEDING HEART)

DUDLEYA CYMOSA (LIVE -FOREVER)

EPILOBIUM CANUM (CALIFORNIA FUCHSIA)

ERIOGONUM FASCICULATUM (BUCKWHEAT)

ERIOGONUM GRANDE VAR. RUBESCENS (BUCKWHEAT)

FESTUCA 'SISKYOU BLUE' (CALIFORNIA FESCUE)

FESTUCA CALIFORNICA (CALIFORNIA FESCUE)

FRANGULA CALIFORNICA (COFFEEBERRY)

HETEROMELES ARBUTIFOLIA (TOYON)

HEUCHERA MAXIMA (ALUM ROOT)

HEUCHERA MICRANTHA (ALUM ROOT)

IRIS DOUGLASIANA (DOUGLAS IRIS)

MIMULUS AURANTIACUS (MONKEYFLOWER)

PENSTEMON HETEROPHYLLUS 'MARGARITA BOP' (FOOTHILL PENSTEMON)

POLYSTICHUM MUNITUM (SWORD FERN)

RIBES VIBURNIFOLIUM (CATALINA PERFUME)

SALVIA BRANDEGEI (SAGE)

SALVIA SONOMENSIS 'DARA'S CHOICE' (SONOMA SAGE)

VITIS CALIFORNICA (CALIFORNIA GRAPE)